Indigenous peoples

Butchulla people performing an indigenous ceremony in front of young Southern Pine plantation forest
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Acknowledgement of country

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the Traditional Custodians and First Nations Peoples of the land on which we work, live and learn. We pay our respects to their ancestors and Elders past, present and emerging and thank them for enriching us with their cultural practices, traditions, lore and connection to country.

We are committed to building and strengthening our relationships with the First Nations Peoples and Traditional Custodians of the lands where our plantation forests grow. 

We recognise that reconciliation is an ongoing journey that will require a consistent effort and a dedicated approach on our part. In support, we are developing an Indigenous engagement framework to guide the development of mutual respect, trust, positive relationships and genuine opportunities. 

As present-day custodians of these plantation forests, we share the deep commitment to sustainability of the Traditional Custodians who have come before us and who continue to maintain strong bonds to country today. We believe working together will create synergies that will have lasting benefits for environmental, social, cultural and economic values for current and future generations.

Kabi Kabi people and HQP celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020 together - Always Was, Always Will Be

Indigenous groups and HQP

We already work with a number of Indigenous groups in our plantation forests. However, with an estate that ranges from the border of Queensland and New South Wales all the way to Kuranda, north of Cairns, it has been a significant undertaking to identify all the First Nations People and Traditional Custodians who share a connection with this country.

While this may not be an exhaustive list, we believe these groups include: 

  • Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng and Taribelang Bunda peoples 
  • Butchulla people 
  • Darumbal people 
  • Djabugay people 
  • Girramay people 
  • Githabul people 
  • Jinibara people 
  • Jirrbal people 
  • Jumbun community 
  • Kabi Kabi people 
  • Kambuwal people 
  • Nywaigi people 
  • Wakka Wakka people 
  • Warrgamay people 
  • Wulgurukaba people 
  • Yidinji peoples 
  • Yuggera Ugarapul people 
  • Yuwibara people 


We have created an indicative cultural heritage map to to show the connection between Indigenous peoples’ country and our plantation forests.

The information was obtained from our GIS cultural heritage layers in 2019 and other publicly available information since then. Indigenous peoples represented may not agree with these boundaries and we will be adjust them if this is brought to our attention.

Through the development of our engagement processes, we aim to gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between each Indigenous group and their country, and understand how we can contribute to meaningful relationships.

Our current initiatives to work with or support Indigenous people include: 

  • carrying out cultural heritage surveys, inspections and inductions 
  • identifying and managing culturally significant sites 
  • cultural and cooperative burning 
  • local cultural awareness training 
  • commercial partnerships with contractors providing work for Indigenous people on country 
  • student recruitment for a CareerTrackers Indigenous internship with HQP 
  • assisting Indigenous groups to apply for forest-related community grants 
  • celebrating NAIDOC Week together.


I am a descendant of the Bundjalung people of Northern NSW. I respect the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and acknowledge their connection to country. I joined HQP six years ago following in the tradition of my own family, which has a long history in forestry. I am a champion of the CareerTrackers program, having seen the real potential of these Indigenous internships, I'm really proud of this new partnership and to contribute towards its ongoing success. I was also a founding member of HQP's Diversity & Inclusion Reference Committee.

Erica Hopewell, Corporate Support
An image of the rainbow serpent, an important totem for Indigenous Australians, drawn by Butchulla artist Joel Barney.

Indigenous people and HQP working together

Artwork credit - Joel Barney

All indigenous graphic design elements on this website are based on the Ku'lulu Duawa Dhu pine tree timber story artwork created for us by talented Butchulla artist Joel Barney and have been rearranged and reproduced digitally here with permission.